1960 episode of 'Queen for a Day'
Please note that most shows of the 60's were MUCH BETTER than this.
Subject: Auntie Bug
My sister and I were supposed to watch but I forgot and only caught the last few minutes.
I've read a lot of the reviews and have to say: It was an 'Appreciation' Day that these women celebrated. The show wasn't focused on neediness but on celebrating a life.
Subject: Queen for a Day!.. a precusor to many of the hard luck shows today
Subject: Queen For A Day Background
This was originally a radio show on Mutual Radio Network hosted by Ken Murray and later Jack Bailey when it first began in New York. After April 30, 1945, the show was moved to the television screen and Hollywood. It was created and produced by John Masterson and his production company. Jack Bailey was retained as host for the screen and it aired on NBC originally from 1954-1960 and then it began airing on ABC from 1960-1964.
The show had many sponsors for each of the different episodes and the show’s length increased from 30 minutes to 45 minutes, because each minute of advertising time cost $4,000.
Its competitors included It Could Be You, Strike it Rich, and On Your Way, but it was unique in the sense that it dispensed with the quiz show’s normal “cleverness” requirement. Other quiz shows involved components of intelligence or trivia, but the only thing that this show required was women contestants and an audience comprised of mostly women and those that had the saddest or most tragic situation would be the one who “deserved” the prize and this was dictated by sympathetic female audience members. The sponsors for this particular episode included Pan-American Bureau, Ex-Lax, Starlac, Hartz Mountain, Westinghouse, Hamilton Beach, Hoover, Corday, Johnson and Johnson, Carl florist, Everson Jennings, Brown Derby, Revere, and Spigel catalogue. The original airdate and time for this specific episode is unknown.
Subject: Bad bad bad ~ But bad shows usually attract viewers....
Yes, being the worst, in terms of sad stories to tell, made you the "winner" here, but that was the whole point of the show. You had to write in and tell your tale of woe and what would make you happier or more productive before getting selected to be there. They didn't just pull people in off the street and take a chance they would have a sad story to tell. So, having a "sample" of the Grand Prize wasn't so hard ~ they said when they showed that standard issue hospital type wheel chair that it was a sample from the company. Likely unsuitable for someone with cerebral palsy, even back then. The appropriate type would be furnished, as well as the exercise bIke she asked for from the company they mentioned.
As for picking the winner, they used an applause meter, which they showed at the bottom of the screen to judge audience sympathy for the woman with the most compelling tale to tell. Hard to prejudge the winner before that had been done. As for what the other women wanted, a vacation, and she didn't care where ~ they already had a vacation as part of the Grand Prize, so that was a done deal. Diaper service for triplets? Easy as pie ~ announce a year's worth of diaper service, and bring out a bunch of bags stuffed with anything to represent them. Add the rest of the Grand Prizes. The lady who wanted bunk beds or whatever for her houseguests? Also easy ~ a gift certificate from a furniture store ~ add in the rest of the Grand Prizes which included kitchen items and cookware, also helpful. It's not so hard if you use a little imagination
And the consolation prizes were all brought out and talked about ~ sponsorship demanded it of course ~ before the winner was announced. Since every prize was provided, donated or paid for by the company making it, they had to get their product placements to encourage ALL those devoted viewers to buy them when they went out shopping, or had a need for such items, or places to go.
Seems like everything previously mentioned as a shortcoming was actually already covered ~ you just had to pay attention to the program.
Yes, the show host was a tool ~ but it's likely he was part of the plot to get people to feel even more sorry for those contestants, for having to deal with him first before being able to win their prizes! It's also possible it was the only job he could get, and he hated it so much a few slugs of his preferred poison before going on was the only way he could get through the day. The announcer job for The Price Is Right was already taken, and he knew this show was never going to last 40 some years more, and neither was he.
I remember watching this tripe when I was not yet in school, which I started in the fall of 1963. I remember as a little girl being entranced with the idea of being picked to be a Queen, and getting to wear that pretty crown, but just didn't quite "get" the rest of the thing. Just crowns and a truckload of prizes. I don't think I quite understood how desperate you had to be to tell the whole world your troubles on nationwide TV and beg for relief.
I know this idiot laughed like a chimp at some of the things that were said, but I was just waiting for the crowning bit and the prizes to be awarded, which seemed to have no end. Now, watching it as a grown woman, and as old, or older than the contestants were, what a mess it was. But was it really any worse than the soap operas that sucked up the afternoons of every housewife in the country while she did her ironing, or mending, or bean-snapping for dinner? This was just another version of a soap opera with commercials for all sorts of household goods and personal care products, just the main characters stayed the same and there were different "Guest Stars" every episode.
Subject: Winner was apparently known beforehand
Subject: Brilliant by today's standards
Subject: **THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES**
**SHE WAS**HIP**ON ALL THE SHOWS**
**QUEEN FOR A DAY WAS MY FAV SHOW AND I WAS ALREADY A**JR. QUEEN IN MEMPHIS IN 1960 I WAS 5 YEARS OLD**
Subject: It was a great show
Subject: More please!! :)
Please DO add more eps, this is a campy treasure among game shows!
Subject: Yeah, Stop Hating!
Well... maybe it was the suspiciously tipsy host (don't think it was essential tremors), the random 5yr/old model, or the bob-cut barbie doll display girls. ... eh, I don't know. I'm glad the kid got his wc.
Subject: Retro fashions, cars, funny commercials.
The host also seems a bit condescending and barely even interested enough to listen. He asked some of the women questions to things that they clearly pointed out.
Subject: I know it's bad but........
Subject: Dear God, this is Horrible!
Subject: Well Below the Standards of the Time
Subject: Sick Sick Sick
Subject: Don't Encourage Me
Subject: Queen For A Day
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